Reflections on Funded Team-Based Social Work Research: Collaboration or Cold War?

  • Mary Katherine O'Connor Virginia Commonwealth University
  • F. Ellen Netting Virginia Commonwealth University


This narrative examines the challenges and opportunities of funded team-based research with a focus on the collaboration aspects of the work. What is presented is a reflection on what the authors have learned during twenty years of collaborative research. The authors wish to take a long view from years of research experience to help others be better prepared to face the rewards, frustrations, challenges, and tribulations of this kind of research. They also suspect that we are trying to normalize the experience in all its incredible peaks and valleys.

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